Manchester United will once again turn to youth as they prepare for Wednesday’s Carling Cup quarterfinal against Crystal Palace.
Manchester United team: Amos, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Park, Diouf, Berbatov, Macheda. SubsLindegaard, Morrison, Pogba, Cole, Fryers, M Keane, Lingard
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to stick with his young guns United are still 1.31 with Betfair to claim a semi final spot a welcome boost for the likes of highly rated midfielder Paul Pogba, who is set to make his full debut for United, Ezekiel Fryers, Ravel Morrison, Michael Keane and Ben Amos who are all set to feature
Brazilian full-back Rafael is also set to make an appearance as he returns to the starting line up for the first time this season after a shoulder injury.
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman has some big decisions to make as his side without only one win in their last five games, has a big Championship clash with Derby on Friday, just 48 hours after the Old Trafford clash.
Freedman like his fellow Scot Ferguson is also expected to ring the changes with the likes of goalkeeper Lewis Price, David Wright, Jonathan Parr, Darren Ambrose, South African star Kagisho Dikgacoi, Jermaine Easter and former Wolves striker Steffen Iversen hoping to feature.
With both sides set to have an unusual feel to them, this battle will come down to who settles best and which reserve is up for the fight, Freedman will be confident his equally young side can give Manchester United a fright and at with odds of 13 with Betfair might be an outside shot.
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Thorpe, Rafael, Smalling, Fabio, Jones, Evans, Evra, Fryers, Nani, Valencia, Gibson, Carrick, Fletcher, Pogba, M Keane, Morrison, Cole, Vermijl, Park, Young, Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov, Diouf, Macheda.